A recent JAMA article concludes “pharmacy closures are associated with persistent, clinically significant declines in adherence to cardiovascular medications among older adults in the United States”.
Back to Camano.
We just hired a pharmacist at our La Conner location. She happens to live in Camano, not too far from the old pharmacy there. Robin asked if she could help deliver our services locally.
Starting Saturday, Feb 26th, Robin will personally deliver prescriptions filled from our La Conner location to a mutual pickup point at the IGA store in Camano Plaza (directions/map here). We are starting with twice a week, two hour windows, Tuesdays and alternating Friday/Saturday. As demand increases, we will work to expand days and hours.
To participate in our new Camano Service, a simple two step is all it takes:
For us, an opportunity to be part of a community response. Our team of dedicated staff and volunteers have performed exquisitely making vaccines available and now FREE testing.
As our company approaches 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines administered, we are moving to re-establish customer communication and pharmacy access.
Every time there is a change in COVID vaccine and testing guidelines — yes, it happens from time to time — our phones get overrun. More calls come in than staff on shift — by about 10x or more at times.
We are diverting some COVID-19 duties away from pharmacy staff to ensure their accessibility to pharmacy customers.
Phones / Communication
For all COVID-19 vaccine and testing calls, the staff at option 2 (for Gift Department) are set up and trained to handle inquiries. This includes assistance with appointment and the like.
While we can’t say there still won’t be times where more people call than are working, we can say the new system is working well so far.
Please do NOT ring the pharmacy staff (option 1) for COVID questions.
We also have a dedicated digital communications supervisor covering inbound email and text messages (you can text our landline numbers!) to ensure responses are issued.
We are also separating COVID-19 testing from pharmacy customer lines.
This means when you visit the drive thru or pharmacy counter, you won’t be behind those looking to get tested!
Our testing queue will remain in their cars and only come in (for just long enough to swab) and be serviced at areas separate from the pharmacy pickup. We are managing testing via our custom texting platform, please don’t forget your phone! Instructions are provided upon registration.
This strategy will serve well to keep symptomatic people away from the general pharmacy and vaccine public as well bring back priority access to our pharmacy team for our valued prescription-filling customers.
We appreciate everyone’s support and patience as we worked thru COVID — especially our pharmacy customers.
For those new to the area, a little historical context.
We have long been proud to serve members of the military community — past, present, and future.
Our former owner was so proud of brining local prescription service covered for our military service members to this community, it made his recent obituary.
In 1986, Bill bought Island Drug in Oak Harbor, Wash. He added a number of innovative services, including a drive-up window, prescription delivery, nursing home consulting, compounding and homemade fudge. His was the first pharmacy on Whidbey Island to accept Champus Military Insurance, which was greatly appreciated by the families of the military personnel stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Mark Duncan closely on many patients who want to venture outside the standard treatments.
We have built an excellent working relationship and a collection of successful experiences improving health outcomes.
One avenue is compounding — the custom formulation of ingredients by pharmacists. Compounding is a great way to tailor a solution to an individual.
For compounding to work, step one is for the prescriber to understand the terrain. Understandably, many don’t — there simply isn’t enough time to consume all the conventional medical literature and alternative approaches. So, for many the process stops before it starts.
A few of these compounds are so effective and safe, in addition to not requiring lab work, we want to share with a broader population.
Prescriptive Optimization (Aaron’s Health Coaching Site) now offers virtual consults with Dr. Duncan to clinically screen for appropriateness of two exciting compounds.
Clioquinol is a topically applied zinc based medication that nourishes the prostate. Lowering zinc ties to declining prostate function. We see multiple nightly trips to the restroom — devastating sleep — reduced to 1 or none within days!
Synapsin is a nose spray with a combination of two ingredients nourishing the brain. One is an anti-inflammatory, the other is an energy precursor. The combo combats brain fog and fosters a pronounced improvement in deep sleep. Stress causing brain inflammation. Know anyone with a little stress?
More may come on line soon.
If you know anyone who can benefit from less nighttime pee stops or unrelenting brain fog, you now have an option.
Simply fill out the consult form on the Prescriptive Optimization site. After submitting, it lands you at Island Drug where you can choose pickup or mail. Currently, we only mail in WA state. Then, if Dr. Duncan approves, a prescription is faxed in to Island Drug. Our compounding lab will begin work soon after.